Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?
We can offer some basic advice on this web page about what to do after a crash, but it is very important to get personalized legal counsel as soon as you can. A detailed discussion with an attorney at Grant & Barrow, A Professional Law Corporation, in Gretna, Louisiana, can provide the guidance you need beyond these preliminary steps to take after a crash:
- Take pictures of the scene of the crash or get someone else to take pictures if at all possible. Take as many photos as you can of the crashed vehicle, the injuries and the surroundings. Photos from cellphones at the scene of an accident often provide the most useful evidence for effective injury claims and lawsuits that our lawyers handle for clients.
- Get contact information for witnesses of the auto accident as well as people who observe your condition before and after the accident. Testimony from neighbors and coworkers can be important when it is time to bring an injury claim or lawsuit.
- Make detailed notes about what you remember. Memories fade over time. Your early impressions can be vitally important to accident reconstruction efforts. What did you see, feel and hear right before, during and after a collision? Who was with you? Who witnessed the crash?
- Keep a journal about how you feel each day on a scale of one to 10 as you begin to recover from your injuries. Also keep notes on conversations you have with doctors.
- Report the accident to the police and to your insurance company, but do not take part in lengthy interviews by investigators without getting legal advice. Statements you make could hurt your case. We see this happen time and again. Please talk to an attorney before submitting to long conversations with detectives or claims adjusters.
- Keep all medical bills and related records. Keep them organized, including records of responses from you to bills, letters or email inquiries.
- Follow doctors’ orders and advice whenever possible. You may need to demonstrate that you have made a good faith effort to recover from your injuries.
- Do not post information about your accident and injuries on social media forums, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may wish to set up a Caring Bridge website page to keep your family and friends informed of your recovery. Please talk to a car accident attorney about what is OK to share and what would be better not to share on the Internet. Your friends and family will naturally be interested to know you were injured, but too much information on these platforms can unintentionally hurt your legal case.
Get Clear Advice From An Experienced Attorney About What To Do After A Car Accident
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